I hope you are enjoying Underappreciated “Lost” Theatre week here on the blog. Yesterday, we kicked out the jams with “Tricia Tanaka is Dead,” an episode that judging from your comments hold a special place in many a fan’s heart. And folks, that makes my heart happy as well. It’s great to know an episode I feel doesn’t get the kudos it should get a rousing round of support when mentioned. Group hug!
Next up? We’re going back to Season 2, a season that isn’t a fan favorite but contains a number of overt gems (such as “Orientation,” “The Other 48 Days,” and “The 23rd Psalm”) that stand among the show’s finest and most-lauded hours. But today, we’re not going to look at any of those. We’re going to look at an episode that will surely gain in stature and importance by the time Season 6 ends, “S.O.S.”
Why it’s overlooked
The latter half of Season 2 is dominated by the introduction of one Henry Gale into the “Lost” sewing circle. So, for many people, this hour was wasted on peripheral characters that had no real bearing on the plot when all they wanted to do was watch that creepy guy with the bug eyes frak their minds while eating cereal. Throw in the fact that Bernard acts like a Grade A jerk for most of the episode, and you had a lot of people wishing they had spent their hour doing something else. Even now, many regard this as a slight episode that stands as a breather between the Gale reveal and Michael’s return.
Why it’s underappreciated
Because Rose and Bernard OWNED the season finale. Because they might understand the true path to Jacob’s ultimate end-game better than anyone else. Because the scene in Isaac of Uluru’s room contains more Easter eggs than you can possibly imagine, giving us vitally important clues to the overall nature of the Island right under our nose. Because comparing the interaction of Bernard and Jin in this episode with their conversation in “Ji Yeon” shows the power of long-form narrative when properly done.
You have to love going back to episodes like this and realizing 1) just how many things were right under your nose in plain sight, and 2) just how many things the writers of “Lost” had planned out even at this early stage. For these two reasons, “S.O.S.” deserves much love from the fans of the show.
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